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The Niwot Ridge LTER program invites proposals from early-career investigators for a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship. Synthesis of long-term data sets, on-going experiments, and model results is an important goal of NWT’s LTER program. These syntheses can provide new research findings, derived data sets, and new models that establish future research directions and guide the development of future work at the site. A key element of successful Postdoctoral Fellowship applications will be the identification of specific research questions and how they will be addressed using NWT LTER data.

Examples of projects include:

  1. investigation of how shared climate drivers may result in differential sensitivity and responses across a broad range of ecosystem types by extending tundra biogeochemical models to forest and alpine lake systems;
  2. investigation of how broad-scale shifts in vegetation types such as forests (shifts in treeline) and tundra (movement into the unvegetated subnival) are related to shifts in water and energy limitation using remote sensing and aerial imagery;
  3. investigation of when opposing responses to climate variation can lead to increased stability at higher levels of organization or larger spatial scales using long-term data to estimate portfolio effects; and
  4. investigation of links between hydrological connectivity and vegetation phenology using spatially distributed land surface simulations of hydrologic models such as DHSVM and sensor network array data.

Please see http://niwot.colorado.edu/postdoc/ for more information about possible projects and how to apply.

The Postdoctoral Fellow will be located at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) at the University of Colorado Boulder. Applicants should identify a collaborating mentor who is part of the NWT LTER Program. Start date can be between April and July 2017, the fellow will need to have received their PhD prior to starting the fellowship, and the fellowship will last two years. We anticipate recruiting a second synthesis fellow to start 2019. Application deadline: January 4, 2017 by 5pm MST. Please see http://niwot.colorado.edu/postdoc/ for more information about how to apply.